1858 April 7 Letter to William H. Dame


1858 April 7 Letter to William H. Dame


Instructions for Col. Dame to gather a company of 60-70 men to patrol the west desert looking for good locations to settle and grow crops. Further instructions to cooperate with the Indians and to learn their language.




Brigham Young


William H. Dame


1858 April 7


Great Salt Lake City


Indian Affairs

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President's Office
G. S. L. City  April 7, 1858

Col. William H. Dame,

Dear Brother,

You are instructed to raise from your Military district, a company of 60 or 70 men, with sufficient horsemen to act on patroling and exploring purposes; the remainder with wagons, seed grain of all kinds, and proceed from painter Creek, westerly <and north> across the desert, and seek for and make such locations as may be suitable to raise grain, keep stock, and secrete families, in case of necessity.

You will be careful to conciliate the Indians, and instruct your men to learn their language; and seek to gain and exercise a salutary influence over them.  If there should be any man with you who will not pursue that course, you must dismiss him from the Mission and send him home.

Your Bro. in the Gospel

Brigham Young

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